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Less Time on SP

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I think it's time to cut back a bit and reclaim my time. I've been on the leaderboards for a long time, and now have to get other things done. Of course, I'll still be participating, but not as much as I have.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:15PM

    I cut back for the past couple months...I expect to be back, just not as much....balance in all things.
Hugs,
Kay

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 1:02PM

    We've all been there...


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NANCY- 1/20/2012 6:24AM

    Taking care of yourself is a good thing to do.
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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2012 9:24AM

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MEADSBAY 1/19/2012 8:55AM

    Way to take care of yourself, Sparky!
We understand.
See you around when you can make it.

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NANCYRUBIO 1/19/2012 7:44AM

    We all need to take a break. You can come back to us alert and refreshed

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/19/2012 6:57AM

    It is easy to get caught up in SP and spend too much time here. Do what you need to do and participate when you can.

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ALASKASKY 1/19/2012 6:48AM

    I know what you mean. My son complains about me being on here too much.

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IAM_HIS2 1/19/2012 6:35AM

   







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Monday's Phone Call Indicates Rough Seas Ahead

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On Monday afternoon, my estranged brother (we are a fractured family) called to let me know that my mother is dying. She is far away. The tragic part of this is that she and I have had a lifelong very bumpy road, to the point of no communication for decades now. (It's a long story, but the separation was necessary to protect myself. She is not kind to me at all.) I told my brother that, for a long time now, I have been very thankful for all of the good things and hard work she did as a mother. I also told him that I'll keep her in my prayers. That is the best I can do.

I explained to him some of the things she's done to me, and he went totally silent and quietly said, "Oh, I never knew that." I assured him that he wouldn't have known because I'm not one to drag others into my dramas. So, he's only heard her version of invented reality. It has been a lifetime of major painful interactions with her, and at one point in the past, I had to save myself from ongoing rejection and meanness.

That said, it doesn't make it any easier to know that she is at the end of her days. That mother/daughter bond goes very deep and I am trying to control my sadness.

I am so thankful that I've been off sugar, or else I'd be plummeting so far down. Sugar does that after the initial, short high.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:05PM

    Jesse,
I've been really behind in my blog reading (due to my own depression) and just today read your blogs about your mom. I'm so sorry to hear about her. The first I read about it was in your blog about your purse (sorry...I read them out of order). Anyway.... you are truly in my thoughts and will continue to be.

My relationship with my mom is a rough one for me, not as difficult as yours has been, but still very draining. I've often thought that it will probably be harder on my when my mom dies than when my dad died just because of the strain in the relationship. I'm writing this as a way to say that I believe it is very tough having to deal with the feelings relating to losing a parent particularly with the relationship is a rough one. I support you....
Hugs,
Kay

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RUNCHOOSE 1/23/2012 7:55PM

    I'm sorry to hear your mother is dying. My thoughts are with you.

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NANCY- 1/20/2012 6:33AM

    Do what you need to do to have no regrets. In the past you were given lemons and made lemonade by taking care of you. My thoughts are with you.
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CATLADY52 1/18/2012 5:58PM

    I'm sorry about your mom but do understand. It's always hard to hear bad news like that.
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WENDYSPARKS 1/18/2012 2:41PM

    Sorry about your mom..sending prayers.

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IAM_HIS2 1/18/2012 2:01PM

    Jesse, I know the feeling. Please understand that I am NOT judging you; I just want you to know I walked in those shoes. 10 plus years ago I took care of my father (who was physically & mentally abusive) the last year of his life. It was the hardest thing I did.

Everyone person is different and I pray that you can find peace.

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MEADSBAY 1/18/2012 12:53PM

    Forgiving others is a gift we give ourselves.
I, too, had to pretty much put my father out of my life for decades for the sake of myself and my family's peace and well-being.
I was lucky that I was able to see him a few times in the last few years of his life.
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FANGFACEKITTY 1/18/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon It can't be easy but it sounds like you did the right thing - then and now - to protect yourself. It's sad, but we can't choose our relatives and sometimes they are the very toxic people we need to remove from our lives.

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JUDI_CUTIE 1/18/2012 11:00AM

    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/18/2012 10:51AM

    emoticonI think it was wise of you to explain to your brother why you would not be going there. I'm sure it was painful to have those memories come back. Hang tough.

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2012 10:08AM

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ACheap Way to Add to Your Home Gym

Friday, January 13, 2012

In a couple of months, all of the new exercise equipment that folks have bought for Christmas, and then realized they will not use, will be put on various websites for sale. You can pick up some great deals. Keep an eye out for them as you add to your home gym.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 8:37PM

    People also are selling their old stuff to make room for the new stuff!

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MEADSBAY 1/16/2012 10:54AM

    Good idea!
I'm adding you as a friend as I may go private soon.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:27PM

    Good point!
Thank you!
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FANGFACEKITTY 1/14/2012 12:35PM

    Thanks for the reminder!

My sister found a barely used Bowflex on Craig's list that she bought for her husband for Christmas. He did not sound very enthusiastic about it when I mentioned it last week so I suspect eventually she will be putting it up for sale. Maybe she'll give me a good deal lol.

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ALASKASKY 1/14/2012 11:36AM

    Good idea. emoticon

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NANCY- 1/14/2012 9:20AM

    Great tip!!! Thanks!

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/13/2012 6:40PM

    What a good idea! I will keep my eyes peeled! I would like an exercise bike!
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KRISTINE99 1/13/2012 6:32PM

    Good tip, SlimmerJesse! I've always wanted my own rowing machine. Perhaps I can get a good deal during this window of opportunity...

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NATPLUMMER 1/13/2012 10:28AM

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They Don't Even Want Chubby Corpses For Science!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yesterday I read an article on the MSN website that medical schools are rejecting chubby corpses as they do not provide the type of learning experience that students need. Too much fat to get through before finding the stuff they are studying.

Even in death, there are issues with being overweight! Go figure.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:28PM

    That is interesting.


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KRISTINE99 1/13/2012 6:46PM

    Agree with MZZCHIEF. Greenhorn med students need a "baseline." Obesity may result in abnormal organs and such. This is along the lines of how a med student would first study normal cardiovascular, muscular, neural systems before looking at abnormal conditions such as muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer's disease, etc.


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THINBUCKEYE 1/12/2012 9:02PM

    Yes, I agree with NATPLUMMER!

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JIBBIE49 1/12/2012 8:54PM

    I wrote a paper in college on Cadaver Donation and found that the reason they don't want obese cadavers is because they can't get enough solution into the fat to preserve it well. Also, the liver and other organs are often "fatty" and don't preserve well.

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SOKKERNUT 1/12/2012 3:00PM

    I am with NATPLUMMER on this one. Why can't they learn from both heavy and thin corpses.

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MZZCHIEF 1/12/2012 10:45AM

    That makes sense to me.
Obesity causes huge changes in the organs, moves them out of their usual location.
Medical students coming in, need to see what "normal" looks like to get a baseline, before they start dealing with pathologies.
Less flesh to preserve, too.

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Mzzchief

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CELIAMINER 1/12/2012 10:30AM

    Agree with Natplummer. You'd think they would want a realistic experience with great potential for teaching the effects of obesity. Sheesh.
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NATPLUMMER 1/12/2012 9:43AM

    You would think they need some for practice.

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ALASKASKY 1/12/2012 9:25AM

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JABCLUB 1/12/2012 9:23AM

    OMG! I don't think that will be my reason for slimming up and getting into better shape, but it's certainly something to think about! emoticon

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75% Have Broken Their New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I've heard this several times on radio. It's only the second week into the new year, can it be true that this many people have broken their resolutions already?

Wishing all a good day.

  
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JIBBIE49 1/13/2012 9:25PM

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MNJONES2 1/11/2012 6:48PM

    i think the problem with New Years resolutions is people think they have to be absolutely perfect when they make them. They dont see them as a goal to strive for - like weight loss - we workout and watch what we eat so we lose a pound or two but then once in a while the scale goes up and do we quit? Not at spark people!

I used to tell my students think of every day assignments like athletic practice, or choir and play practice. You practice for weeks before you play a game or have the concert, if you make a mistake you go over it and relearn it. But you dont stop.... you keep going.

New Years resolutions are a goal --- not perfection.


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CATLADY52 1/11/2012 5:49PM

    I don't make resolutions. No fear of failure. I will either do or not do on my own.
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IDLETYME 1/11/2012 3:05PM

    I don't make resolutions, I just make plans for the year. That gives me plenty of time to get them done and not feel like I failed!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/11/2012 1:12PM

    Its why I don't make them.
Too black and white for my tastes!

: )
Mzzchief

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2012 10:57AM

    That's probably true. That's the problem with New Year's Resolutions.

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